Archive for February 8th, 2013
Meredith Kessler has completed an amazing 46 Ironman events and won four Ironman titles. Even as a teenager she liked nothing better than to go out for a ten mile run on her own, or swim countless laps in the pool. Her first ever triathlon, believe it or not, was an Ironman. Meredith came on with us a few days after helping out at a Challenged Athletes Foundation event, www.challengedathletes.org, at VeloSF that raised over $55,000 for athletes in need.
Fast Freddie Rodriguez is a Giro d’Italia stage winner and a three-time U.S. National Road Race Champion. Not bad for an inner city kid who came to the states from Bogota, Columbia. Freddie has some great thoughts on what the sport of cycling has to do to overcome the stigma of doping that it is dealing with now. He is also launching a Gran Fondo event on August 17th. For more info go to www.ffgranfondo.com
Andre Kajlich lost both legs above the knee and almost lost his life in a horrific accident in Prague back in 2003. So how has he adapted? By becoming one of the world’s best wheelchair athletes, being named the 2012 Paratriathlete of the Year by USA Triathlon and taking second in Kona in 2011 and first in 2012. But all of that was a small-time appetizer compared to the Brazil 135 mile off-road monster he just finished. It was off-road, he was in a wheelchair, and the non-stop event featured 33,000 fee of gain, 29,000 of descent, and it took him over 62 hours to complete. Amazing story.
Dave Scott is the six-time Ironman World Champion, Mr. October, and a man who is never afraid to express his opinion. Does he feel Lance Armstrong’s penalty is too harsh? Yes. Does he feel the cyclists who testified against Lance got off too easy? Yes. Would Dave still like to see Lance racing the Ironman in Kona? Absolutely.